Five new songs to cultivate a mission-minded church

Recently a friend asked me if there were any good congregational songs that specifically focus on global missions. In God’s timing, the music team at SMBC have just finished serving at our biennial Missions Conference. (The theme was “A Heart for the Lost”, we were challenged with six talks by Tim Chester from the book …

Edify Conference – building the church in word and song – set list

It was a joy over the weekend to serve at the first Edify Conference, hosted at our home church (Howick Baptist). We had a great time opening the Word and considering the importance of what we do when we sing together as the gathered church. Cheryl and I were in Sydney for Emu Music’s Word …

Please pray for our church

In God’s providence, this year has turned out to be a real rollercoaster for our home church (Howick Baptist). In March, our Associate Pastor Joe Fleener announced that after seeking much counsel and prayer, he had accepted a call to plant a church in Rolleston. I had the privilege of serving alongside him to help organise this year’s Stand Conference, before …

What dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?

These were my notes when opening this morning’s Easter Sunday service at HBC. Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! I’d like to ask you a question this morning: “What dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?” Four panellists were asked this question late last year in a Q&A …

Census 2013: NZ no longer a “Christian” nation, more Buddhists than Baptists

Some might argue that it never was, but the results from the 2013 Census has been released. For the stats geeks you can see the tabulated data here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/data-tables/total-by-topic.aspx I’m sure someone will create pretty infographics in time, but for now here are some stats that caught my attention: 2 out of 5 respondents (41.92%) identified as …